Month: August 2022

For some, a world where cigarettes don’t exist might be difficult to imagine. Less than 30 years ago it would’ve been hard to picture a world free from tobacco advertising, or a pub or workplace free from smoke. Smokefree campaigning, and the government action that produced, turned those seemingly farfetched ambitions into reality. We look
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Historically, monkeypox outbreaks have been primarily found in Central and West Africa. This zoonotic infection is caused by the monkeypox virus (MPXV), which belongs to the Poxviridae family of the Orthopoxvirus genus. Until 2022, the incidence of monkeypox outside Africa was a rare event. The recent detection of monkeypox outside Africa was found to be linked to
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Ragweed is one of the most bothersome environmental allergies — and that’s because such a large amount of pollen circulates through the air at one given time. Some people with a ragweed allergy might experience additional symptoms, but only when eating raw produce. Why is that? Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). What is Oral Allergy Syndrome?
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If “video killed the radio star” and Zoom squelched the commute, it seems certain that virtual reality and 3D imaging will be the death knell for cadavers. Recently, NBC Nightly News did a story featuring staff members from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine using the metaverse and 3D imaging to map out the
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Majority of Muscle Symptoms With Statins Not Due to Treatment Muscle pain in people taking a statin is typically not related to the statin, according to new research. Double-blind trials: Researchers examined 19 randomized double-blind trials that compared statin therapy with a placebo, which included nearly 124,000 patients. Surprising results: For people experiencing muscle symptoms
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A shocking report from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Tuesday that about half of healthcare providers worldwide do not have basic hygiene services even though patients receive care in their facilities.  According to the latest Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) report by the organization and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), around 3.85
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Researchers interviewed 3,421 participants who were sampled from the University of Colorado Boulder Center for Antisocial Drug Dependence and the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research in Minneapolis about their cannabis usage at two different points: before 2014, when it was illegal to sell recreational cannabis, and after 2014, when it became legal to
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A majority of genetic diseases are caused by single point mutations — an error of one base pair within our DNA. David Liu, who has developed molecular machinery that is able to edit these mutations, tells us about the multidisciplinary approach needed to make advances in this field.
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Everyone experiences the choking feeling of food getting caught in their esophagus occasionally, but roughly one in two thousand people experiences it constantly. For those people, it’s caused by a condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, or EOE. Doctors didn’t fully identify EOE until around the year 2000, and didn’t start regularly diagnosing it in adult patients
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Medical school is no joke. In fact, becoming a doctor requires completion of one of the world’s most rigorous and testing paths of any profession. A substantial percentage of medical students burn out, give up, or are plain miserable. Other students, like me, are the weirdos that actually enjoy the process. Here’s how I did
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Psychedelics can produce positive changes in attitudes about death and dying — and may be a way to help ease anxiety and depression toward the end of life, new research suggests. In a retrospective study of more than 3000 participants, near-death experiences occurring naturally or via a psychedelic drug had a “remarkably” similar effect on
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